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iMovie '09 is a powerful video editing tool that is part of Apple's iLife suite. In iMovie '09 Essential Training, Damian Allen takes new and intermediate users through the steps to create professional-looking video. Damian covers the whole editing process, from importing audio, video, and image files to adding text and graphics. He also teaches several ways to share a finished piece with others. Exercise files accompany the course.
In addition to the clip trimming methods we've looked at in the previous few lessons, iMovie '09 includes a dedicated clip trimmer. Mouse over a clip in your project and click its Action button. Choose Clip Trimmer from the pop-up menu. The dedicated Trimmer view opens in the space usually occupied by the Event Library. All the usual selection rules apply. Be sure to watch the lesson on adding selections for more information. In addition to adjusting the In and Out points you may want to drag the center of the selection to shift the portion of the source video being used in the project.
This is often called a Slip Edit because you are keeping the length of the clip the same but choosing footage slightly earlier or later than the original. Now if the clip begins or ends in a transition you'll see an additional non-selectable rectangular outline in the Trimmer. This indicates the video that will be used during the transition. Adjusting the corresponding In or Out point will obviously change the video in this transition area. If you're tweaking the edits for your entire project, you can use the Next and Previous clip buttons to jump to neighboring clips and fine-tune them as well.
Click Done when you're finished and iMovie will exit the Clip Trimmer view.
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